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Just as I expected - a bunch of hypocrites. The minute an app developer claims 30% is extortion, everyone comes out with "Well go make your own app store then!"
But when its happening to Apple it's "Grossly unfair". Which is it? There's a hell of a lot of R&D that's gone into the radio chip that Apple relies on. Without it, there is no smartphone. Cry all you like but this is no different to Apple extorting its developers.
Hotel rooms, friends cars, friends stereo systems, my bose QC's, all use a headphone jack. These things will all have headphone jacks for the next 5-10 years. Removing the headphone jack was a travesty and i'll never forgive Apple for it until everything is wireless. Carrying around an adapter like I have to for my Macbook is ridiculous. This is just a fact and reading all of you sucking the mega corporations proverbial junk is absolutely baffling.
Maybe if they had given us Macbook Airs/Pros with Skylake processors 6 months ago this wouldn’t have happened - too busy putting their top people on the iPad Pro. Nobody is buying new macbooks for the last half a year because everybody is waiting for a refresh - the current lineup is simply inadequate for anyone other than a consumer.
What’s dragging Spotify down is that Apple makes more profit from Spotify than they do from Apple Music. The 30% mafia tax assures this. It’s anti-competitive and absurd. Apple can happily afford to charge $9.95 a month per user because they don’t have to pay their own fee to themselves. Spotify has to charge $12.95 via Apple or $9.95 via their website which puts them at a disadvantage, and yet users still flock to it because it’s a better service. I feel sympathetic for the CEO of Spotify, but they seem to be doing pretty well despite this large handicap. Apple must be scratching their heads wondering why he is still crushing them.
I bought it. They could have served up a literal steaming piece of dog crap with a Skylake processor and 16GB of ram in a plastic shopping bag for $2k but I still would have bought it to run OSX. This doesn’t make this new model computer a success because it’s caused brand damage to me and probably many others.
I have an iPhone 7 and the new Macbook Pro and my opinion of Apple has dropped to a simmering hatred. I’m locked into their ecosystem OSX/iPhone but i’m very dirty about the recent state of affairs. 1/ how they priced these computers to screw us 2/ I can’t connect my iPhone 7 headphones into my macbook without a dongle 3/ can’t connect my iPhone 7 USB into my macbook without a dongle. The fact they did not include a usb-a to usb-c dongle bundled for free with the computer after spending $2700 on a computer makes me absolutely hate this company with a seething passion.
I purchased it, but have spent a lot more time looking at windows laptops and pc hardware in the last few weeks than any time in the last 10 years. I even just installed Windows 10 bootcamp to try it out. It’s improved a lot.
Their numbers might look good now but my relationship with Apple has soured and I’ll be leaving the second theres a better alternative.
polymnia said:pentae said:I bought it. They could have served up a literal steaming piece of dog crap with a Skylake processor and 16GB of ram in a plastic shopping bag for $2k but I still would have bought it to run OSX. This doesn’t make this new model computer a success because it’s caused brand damage to me and probably many others.
1: Too expensive. Well, you bought one. I guess you had the money. Furthermore, it no out of line with MacBook Pros of the past. They have been drifting down in price the last few years. The original 2006 entry-level 15" MBP started at USD $2000. They drifted down to $1800-ish by 2012-ish. Did a little poking around at Everymac on prices before writing this. The new MBPs are the most expensive ever, but they aren't radically out of line with historical prices.
2: Dongle needed. Somewhat inconvenient, I'll grant you. But enough to be this upset?
3: Dongle for iPhone isn't really required. You can get a USB-C to Lightning cable from Apple. It's on sale, no less.
Like I said, I'm sure you have your reasons for being so upset. Maybe for other reasons than what you wrote in your post.
Imagine buying a new Mercedes with less horsepower that costs a massive luxury premium and doesnt have cupholders and after you buy the car you realise they didnt include floor mats thats extra.
Apple used to be a company where you were happy to pay a Luxury tax because of the feeling you are being looked after with a superior customer experience and after care. After killing the headphone jack on the 7 and by not including a usb-c to usb-a connector with every machine they already charge a massive premium for, that feeling has gone away completely for me. They are now just greedy assholes.